Pictured clearing a ball last season against Hingham, midfielder Matt Guagliano (27) is one of 10 Needham High School lacrosse seniors who robbed of their 2020 senior season due to COVID-19. Photo by Mike Flanagan.
By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
In 2019, Needham High boys varsity lacrosse won the Bay State Herget Division with a 14-4 record. Then-Boston University committed attack-man Jason Child was named Bay State Conference MVP after leading the team in goals and total points.
Despite having hopes of making a run to a sectional and/or state championship, the Rockets were upset by reigning state champion and No. 12 BC High in the opening round (12-9), ending their 2019 campaign in heartbreak.
Determined to rebound from last season's tough finish, the Needham boys entered 2020 motivated. The Rockets returned a solid core of seniors, which included a pair of co-captains: shutdown Brewster Academy-bound close D man Hugh Curran, as well as Bentley-bound midfielder and captain Andrew Fitzgerald. Also back to lead the Rockets as seniors were Assumption-bound attack-man Kurt Brinkhaus, goalie Seth Kleiman, midfielder Matt Guagliano, close D Tim Hasenfus, midfielder Cole Nawrocki, close D Anthony Berejik, midfielder Josh Shaffer and goalie Christian Bliss.
Unfortunately, the Rockets were grounded, as was the entire MIAA spring athletic season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With no 2020 season, these seniors will depart the high school level with their final organized lacrosse game being a first-round defeat their junior season.
These seniors were also robbed of their annual senior night. In response, head coach David Wainwright and his staff put together a little social media campaign to honor the class of 2020, posting a graphic and quote of each senior.
Throughout the last four years, this class accomplished a heck of a lot both on and off the field. It's a shame these boys will end their school tenures without the chance of competing on the lacrosse field in 2020. Great things lie ahead for all of them.
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